22 days in Colorado Itinerary

22 days in Colorado Itinerary

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22 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + bus:  14​h 45​min
1
Fort Collins
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
7
Denver
— 6 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: London

3
nights
Fort Collins

Fort Collins ©
Called vibrant, eclectic and authentic, Fort Collins tops “best of” lists year after year thanks to its myriad of cultural opportunities.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Abbey of St. Walburga and 1883 Water Works. Get some cultural insight at Colorado Model Railroad Museum and Lee Maxwell Washing Machine Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Hunters Moon Meadery in Severance (about 44 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable tour with Tours, admire the natural beauty at Annual Flower Trial Garden, indulge your thirst for a good beer at New Belgium Brewing, and take in the exciting artwork at Benson Park Sculpture Garden.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Fort Collins journey planner.

London, UK to Fort Collins is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in July: highs in Fort Collins hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Museums Adventure Outdoors

Side Trips

Hunters Moon Meadery, Swetsville Zoo, Benson Park Sculpture Garden, Abbey of St. Walburga, Lee Maxwell Washing Machine Museum
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Colorado Model Railroad Museum ©
Colorado Model Railroad Museum
Lee Maxwell Washing Machine Museum ©
Abbey of St. Walburga ©
Abbey of St. Walburga

3
nights
Estes Park

More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Aspen and Evergreen Gallery and Red Rose Rock Shop & Dick's Rock Museum. Get in touch with nature at Photography Tours and Trail Ridge Road. When in Estes Park, make a side trip to see The Beach at Grand Lake in Grand Lake, approximately 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dancing Pines Distillery, get a taste of the local shopping with Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and stroll through Emerald Lake Trail.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Estes Park holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Fort Collins to Estes Park takes 1.5 hours. July in Estes Park sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, The Beach at Grand Lake
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

2
nights
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 9th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, then explore the ancient world of Long House, and finally explore the ancient world of Far View Sites. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, and then trek along Petroglyph Point Hike.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park online travel planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

3
nights
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Take a break from the city and head to Maroon Bells and Hanging Lake Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Aspen (Maroon Lake Scenic Trail & River Rafting & Tubing). There's still lots to do: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Glenwood Springs in 6.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or take a bus. While traveling from Mesa Verde National Park, expect cooler days and little chillier nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Aspen
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 14th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Vicksburg, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Buena Vista day trip planner .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Buena Vista, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Adventure Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery ©
Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery

3
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
National Museum of World War II Aviation and Manitou Cliff Dwellings will appeal to museum buffs. Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Pike's Peak - America's Mountain. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Penrose Heritage Museum, walk around Garden of the Gods, identify plant and animal life at North Cheyenne Canon Park, and get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Colorado Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Buena Vista in July; daily highs in Colorado Springs reach 35°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Manitou Cliff Dwellings, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
River Rafting & Tubing

6
nights
Denver

Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Get some cultural insight at Denver Botanic Gardens and Denver Art Museum. Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum (in Golden), Littleton Museum (in Littleton) and Idaho Springs (Summit Lake Park & River Rafting & Tubing). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, identify plant and animal life at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, and stop by Penzeys Spices.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Denver journey maker tool .

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Golden, Idaho Springs, Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, Littleton Museum, Penzeys Spices
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens

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